August 22nd, 2016

[podcast] Learn to Set Boundaries #034

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Pre-recorded because I am ON THE ROAD with my family this week!
In this week’s show we are talking about BOUNDARIES — what they are, how to set them, and why they might be the best hing you ever did for yourself and your relationships. I offer these thoughts on the topic:

1) Decide what you really want.
2) Be clear and firm.
3) Remember that you are only responsible for yourself.
4) Be patient, because change takes time.

INTERVIEW
This week I share a really fun conversation I had with Dwija Borobia, wife/mom/blogger/adventurer/artist from House Unseen. She shares thoughts and stories that will make you laugh and also touch your heart. She’s the real deal and I loved having a chance to chat with her.

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FEEDBACK
Listener Audra shares a voicemail this week about how she approaches improving body image. She offers some really good food for thought and encouragement for those of us who struggle with learning to love our bodies. Definitely a must-listen! Thank you Audra!

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August 15th, 2016

[podcast] Kids & Chores #033

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This week we are discussing the perennial topic of kids and chores. How do you get your kids to help around the house? How do you teach them life skills without losing your mind? How important is an allowance? How can we motivate our kids to contribute the household work in meaningful ways? What are some of the benefits to having kids do regular chores, and why do we sometimes avoid doing it anyway?

INTERVIEW
This week I share a great conversation I had with Christine Johnson who is my Twitter friend and running buddy on Nike+ Christine shares about a big mistake she made in the past and how she found healing and hope through the sacrament of confession. She also shares some of her fitness triumphs that are sure to inspire you.

Christine’s blog
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Couch to 5K beginner running program

FEEDBACK
Listener Lisa sends a note of encouragement and talks about findinf friendships and the Momnipotent study program she did at her parish.

Becky shares how she believes praying for specific things and not just to know and do the will of God keeps her close to Jesus and helps her have a personal relationship with him. I respond, sharing about how I think my perspective on prayer and hers are not really very different but that I am struggling with letting go of my own will, so I think that is where my focus needs to be right now, and that is where I find peace.

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August 8th, 2016

[podcast] How to Say Sorry Like You Mean It #032

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This week we are talking about right and wrong ways to make an apology to someone you have hurt. I share some examples of what I think are “fake” apologies — those where you make excuses for yourself, refuse to take actual blame, or accuse the other person of wrongdoing. Then I go on to share what I think is the anatomy of a “good” and “real” apology:

1) Express sorrow.
2) Admit it’s your fault.
3) Offer to make up for it.
4) Promise to do better.

Of course we won’t always be perfect in our apologies and we should not demand perfection from people who apologize to us, but there is always room for improvement. I think it’s helpful to think the process of apologizing and forgiving through so that we can get better at healing and improving our relationships with others — from your marriage to your workplace.

INTERVIEW
This week I share an inspiring conversation I had with author/publisher/mom Regina Doman. She shares some beautiful testimony of the way God has worked in her life and also a moving prayer she has composed in the wake of her young son’s tragic death:

Lord,
I do not ask You to keep my children safe
I do not ask You to keep my children healthy
I do not ask You to make them happy, or rich, or successful.
I only ask You to fill them with an incredible, reckless love
for you, Jesus Christ,
because then they will be safe
and they will be healthy
and then they will be happy, rich, and successful
in the only thing that really matters
in this life and the next.
Amen.

Regina’s website
Joshua’s memorial page
Regina’s publishing company
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The author Regina mentions in her lightning round: Stephanie Landsem

FEEDBACK
Listener Annemarie calls in with a cute story about her baby at nap time, and the joys of learning to find peace in the midst of chaos. 🙂

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August 1st, 2016

[podcast] Build a Better Body Image #031

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This week we are talking about body image. Do you feel good about how look? Most of don’t, and many of us engage in varying degrees of self loathing because of what our bodies look like and the physical ways in which we fall short of perfection.

DUMB, DUMB, DUMB. What a lot of wasted time and energy for beautiful accomplished women! Instead, I suggest that we combat negative body image in the following ways:

1) Appreciate the things your body does well and the ways in which you can love others and care for others because of your body. Be grateful for the health and capabilities you have.

2) Make a list of things you like about yourself, physically and non-physically. What positive things can you focus on?

3) Stop the negative voices in your head! DO not let yourself talk badly to yourself in the same way you would not let someone else talk badly to your mom, sister, daughter or best friend. Defend yourself against negative self-talk!

4) Screen your media. Be aware of the kinds of ideas and images that come to you through movies, TV, magazines, and social media. They are forming your mind and setting your beauty “standards” whether you know it or not!

5) Get some new clothes — ones that fit you well and flatter your body type. This will make a world of difference!

6) Convert the energy you might spend berating yourself, obsessing over numbers on the scale, or comparing yourself to others into a positive force for the good by focusing outward, on other people in your life who will benefit from your time and attention. There is so much good work to do! Get moving on it and you’ll soon be too busy to worry about your negative body image.

INTERVIEW
This week I share a great conversation I had with Olympic athlete, Rebecca Dussault. In addition to being a World Champion cross country skier, Rebecca is an amazing wife and mom and entrepreneur at Fit Catholic Mom. Rebecca takes a wise and balanced approach to fitness and combines it with Catholic spirituality in a way that is sure to inspire you!

Rebecca’s website
Rebecca on Facebook
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FEEDBACK
Listener David sent an email sharing a moving story about how he forgave his sister and found peace and healing in the process.

Also mentioned this week: Alton Brown’s Steak au Poivre recipe
It’s So You: Fitting Fashion to Your Life by Mary Sheehan Warren

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July 25th, 2016

[podcast] Find Peace in the Midst of Chaos #030

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This week I share about how we can find peace in the midst of chaos. We all experience chaos. What kind of “chaos” is in your life right now? Busy schedules? Lots of work? Difficult relationships? Financial challenges? Health issues?

I share a bit about how my prayer life has changed over the years and some ways in which I try to “LET GO” of control in my life, as hard as that sometimes is. What kinds of things help you trust in God? How do you find peace, even when all around you seems out of control?

INTERVIEW
This week I share a great conversation I had with Rose Sweet, a speaker, author, and religious advisor. She shares about the joys and challenges of being a faithful woman in the modern world and about some of the ways in which she ministers to the divorced and re-married inside of the Church.

Rose’s website
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FEEDBACK
Thank you to listeners Tricia, Vanessa, and Katie who emailed recently. Thank you to lmlord80 nd Lady Elektra for leaving me some reviews on iTunes, and thank you to my newest Patreon supporter, Amy!

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July 18th, 2016

[podcast] Your Cup of Tea #029

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This week I am sharing a bit about my early start as a writer and then I read an excerpt from my VERY FIRST book, My Cup of Tea: Musings of a Catholic Mom. I invite you to share about what is “your cup of tea.” What kinds of sacrifices do you find challenging as a wife or mom, and how to do you put them into perspective?

INTERVIEW
This week I share a great and funny conversation I had with Anna Mitchell from the Son Rise Morning Show. Usually, Anna is the one interviewing ME on Tuesday mornings on her show, but this time we turned the microphones around and she shared some of her personal and professional triumphs and goals. Very fun and inspiring too!

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July 11th, 2016

[podcast] Hurt People Hurt People #028

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This week we are talking about ways to find forgiveness and let go of grudges that ultimately only hurt ourselves. How can we understand people who hurt us? What can help us to forgive when we are filled with anger and resentment?

One thought I share is a reminder I often need to give myself when angry over someone who has hurt me or someone I love:

The temptation is to allow bad people to make you a bad person too. But the way of lasting peace and satisfaction will always be to do the harder thing — to hold on and to defend the goodness of your own heart with ferocity. 

I also encourage use of the sacrament of Confession for those who are suffering old wounds and having trouble fining forgiveness for others in their hearts.

INTERVIEW
This week I share an inspiring conversation I had with Brooke Taylor, host of the Good Things Radio podcast and blogger at The Sacred Sink.

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July 4th, 2016

[podcast] Giving You The Gist #027

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This holiday week I report from behind the scenes while spending a week in Boston taping The Gist on CatholicTV. I share interviews with my co-host Rachel Balducci, our studio manager Charles Green, and our producer Kate Andrews. We always have a ton of fun putting this show together in one wild week, and I am thrilled to have a chance to share some of the history and funny moments from its beginnings.

I also share some more inspiring music from The Vigil Project that Andrea Thomas shared with us a few shows back. This time, it’s the beautiful song, Praise to You by John Finch.

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